By Laurie Cure, PhD

As people, we too often collapse into the unknown, waiting patiently for others to answer the questions that feel too big for us to tackle.

But no one is coming to help. Our problems are ambiguous, complex and confusing. Yet, through experimentation and flow, we find our way through.

We begin to consider questions like, “What will I leave behind as I strike out on a new or changing path?” A hero’s journey starts by leaving home and stepping away from his/her comfort zone and what he/she knows to be true. Walking out, in whatever form that takes, creates change, and makes things different. It makes us different. It illuminates our dissatisfaction with what is and calls forth the search; for meaning, significance, survival.

As many of you have experienced, we often use an assessment (The Hogan Personality Assessment) in our work that identifies an individual’s core values in the workplace. Situations, like the one we are experiencing now, leave us redefining what is critical to our life journey. Your values will often shift from these experiences, and if you are an employer, you need to be prepared for the psychological shifts this event will create for you, and for your employees.

This is a culture-shaper and we should respond with deep consciousness.

The whole globe is shook up, so what are you going to do when things are falling apart?

You’re either going to become more fundamentalist and try to hold things together, or you’re going to forsake the old ambitions and goals and live life as an experiment making it up as you go along.

~ Pema Chödrön, Buddhist Teacher, from “Walk out, walk on”,
Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze

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